Friday, 9 October 2009

Evermore by Alyson Noel

From Amazon: Seventeen-year-old Ever is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her entire family. Living with her aunt in Southern California, she's plagued by the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, and haunted by the ghost of her little sister. She tries to tune everyone out, shunning her old lifestyle as the pretty, popular cheerleader, but somehow she can't hide from Damen, the new guy at school. Stunningly handsome, clever and not a little bit intimidating, there's something about him that doesn't quite add up...

I was surprised by how much I liked Evermore. It was far from perfect, but I still found it to be very enjoyable. The fast pace and relatable characters held my interest and, I must admit, I fell in love with Damen during Noel's first description of him. There's something highly attractive about a mysterious guy clad in black, with dark hair and biker-style boots. YA fiction writers, take note: I have a weakness!

I loved that Ever could see people's auras and hear their thoughts. Although the telepathy wasn't new to me, the aura reading was, and I thought it was a pretty original power for Ever to posess. I also liked that she could see and communicate with her dead sister, Riley; she was probably my favourite character, even though I didn't think she spoke like a 12-year-old would. Ever's best friends, Drina and Miles, were easy to like, though Haven's quick change in loyalty frustrated me -- I just didn't think she'd forget her friends so easily.

As a main villain, I thought Drina was weak. Yes she was hellbent on keeping Ever and Damen apart, but I didn't think she was menacing enough. The end was also rushed and anticlimactic, though because the rest of the book was so strong, I can live with that.

Overall, Evermore was a decent start to what I hope will be an exciting series. It will definitely appeal to fans of other YA paranormal fiction, and with more than three books planned, it's set to be around for a while.

9 comments:

LovesSam said...

Cool review, and I said much the same in mine, Riley was most definately my fave character, she reminded me a little of my sister ; )

Damon, wow was he hot, I have the same weakness. I love the bad boys in leathers

PoodlePowered said...

This is a great review. I was similarly disappointed with the end, and thought that sometimes important scenes were rushed (I had to read the scene with the mirrors in the restaurant twice because it flashed by so fast!)

But I also really enjoyed it, and would read the next one... even if I didn't fall for Damen in quite the same way you did!

Chicklish said...

Great and balanced review - excellent, thanks!

And am taking notes on your hero preferences. ;)

· Alba · said...

I didn't like it so much (my rate was 3/5... even 2.5/5) Y·Y
People say blue moon is better, I hope so!!

Andrea said...

I thought the first half was eh, but it really picked up in the second half and I have heard that Blue Moon is better.

Thao said...

I agree with you about Damen. I don't feel connected to other characters though. Anyway, I'm glad you had a good time reading this ^^

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I share your weakness! :) I enjoyed this but Blue Moon is even better than Evermore.

Becky said...

I'm looking forward to reading this. Sounds a little rough in places but still a fun read.

Kate said...

Thanks for the honest review. I really want to read this story. I've just checked and my library doesn't do this (nor any of the ones in the borough). My library really isn't up to date. But they try. Anyway, great review and I hope that you enjoy the next book in the series more (should you wish to continue it).